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The Best Fire Pit For Your Backyard

From basic, wood burning cauldrons to propane-burning setups that double as patio centerpieces.

Summer nights by the fire are nights well spent. And the fire pit is the ideal vehicle to make this scenario a reality. The metal enclosures make it easy to build manageable backyard blazes. They come in a variety shapes and sizes, from basic cauldrons to elegant enclosed models, and are fueled by either wood or gas. Some even double as a fire pit grill; others double as fire pit tables.

Fire pits, are hot items right now. Part of the reason is the glut of artfully filtered shots of twilight-lit fire pits on Instagram that make it a must-have backyard accessory; but they’ve always been desirable. Popularity is a double-edged sword, and in this case it means that the market is saturated in different models of fire pits, some of which are better than others. So

To make things simple for you, we looked to the largest seller of fire pits in the world, Amazon, and their most trusty resource, reviews from people just like you. The models we’ve chosen have a rating of  at least 3.8 stars out of 5, and have no fewer than 80 reviews before we would even consider them. Here are six fire pits to take those summer nights to a new level.

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Best Wood Burning Fire Pits

This minimalist stainless steel fire pit is the result of a successful Kickstarter. Its double-wall design creates a constant airflow that allows even the most stubborn of wood to blaze up quickly. The best part of is that it emits almost no smoke due to its ingenious design so everyone can sit close. It only weighs 20 pounds so it can be set up anywhere, from backyards to tailgates to campgrounds.

A chimenea is an easy to use fire pit based on an ages-old design. This version offers you 360-degree views of the fire that’s wrapped in a tight mesh, has a simple to use opening to toss in more logs, and sits high enough on its cast-iron legs to not not scorch the ground underneath. Best of all, the smoke-stack design funnels the smoke upwards to avoid stinging any eyes.

Want something a bit more simple in your backyard? This Kingso fire pit is all about the basics. The 22-inch pit is sturdy, features a heat-resistant finish, comes with a mesh screen, and weighs only six pounds. it comes with a fire tool and has a decent sized rim.

It's durable, well-protected, and comes with everything you need for a controlled backyard blaze. But the big selling point on this put is the shape. The square body, with its extended rim, provides excellent distance from the flame as well as a nice area to set down everything from plates to s'mores fixin's.

The Best Gas Fire Pits

The highest rated of all the fire pits in is (4.8 stars from 402 reviews), the Outland runs off a propane tank that stashes under the fire deck, churns out 35,000 BTU’s, lights simply by push-button igniter, and has a control valve that lets you adjust the flame height. The exterior is wrapped in heat and weather-resistant wicker; the interior frame is powder-coated aluminum.

One of the cooler features about this aluminum fire pit is that it doubles as an outdoor table when not in use thanks to its large top and cover that fits over the fire area. When its time to turn on the flames all you have to do is pop the cover, open the adjustable gas valve, and push the starter button. Made from aluminum — and packing 42,000 BTUs — this fire pit will resist the elements nicely and the slatted design will add an elegant touch to the backyard.